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St Gummarus


Gummarus was born at the end of the 7th or beginning of the 8th century.

He served as a knight at the court of Pippin of Herstal and married the malevolent Grimmara. During his absences she ill-treated the servants. He then left his wife and became a hermit.

Gummarus is said to have worked many miracles:

    • He fastens his belt around a felled tree and brings it back to bloom
    • He heals a deaf and dumb man
    • He creates a spring to quench the poor and thirsty
    • He removes a snake from the mouth of a child

Gummarus died on 11 October 714 in Emblem. After his death a village came into being around the place of worship on Nivesdunc, where the  St Peter's Chapel is standing now. In this chapel you can see his emptyy grave behind the altar.

He was canonised forty years after his death, in 754.

Every year on the first Sunday after 10 October St Gummarus procession is held.

Pilgrims come from far and wide to the St Gummarus Church to ask for serious fractures to be healed and beg him to protect them from further fractures. When saying the blessing the priest places the belt of St Gummarus on the shoulders of the pilgrim, the ritual of the laying on of the belt. This refers to the story where St. Gummarus tied his belt around a felled tree and brought it back to blossom.     

St Gummarus is not only the patron saint of Lier but also of the deaf and dumb, woodworkers, lumberjacks and glove makers.

Gummarus is prayed to for all possible fractures, from leg injury to marriage problems.


St Peter's Chapel

St Peter’s Chapel, opposite the St Gummarus Church, is the only Romanesque building in Lier and probably also the oldest....


St Gummarus' Procession

Celebration of Patron Saint's day

St Gummarus procession takes place every year on the first Sunday after 10 October (St Gummarus’s Fair).

Sixteen members of “The...

St Gummarus Church

St Gummarus Church

Collegiate Church in Brabantine Gothic

The St Gummarus Church in Brabantine Gothic, was built on the site where a Roman parish church dedicated to John the Baptist once stood.


Kardinaal Mercierplein
Website St Gummarus Church

More sculptures of the patron saint are be found in the façade of the Zimmer tower and in Deensestraat in front of the library.


Opening times

1 November to 31 March
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.30 - 16.30

1 April to 31 October
Monday to Friday: 9.00 - 16.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.00 - 12.30 & 13.00 - 16.00

Grote Markt 58, 2500 LIER
tel. +32 3 8000 555